Aug 20, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Tyrunn Walker (93) rushes against Washington Redskins offensive tackle Brandon Scherff (75) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Staying on the “one that got away” vibe, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker was a player that the Saints surprisingly let go after what seemed to be a player on the rise.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa in 2012, Walker had an impressive preseason and made the final roster although he saw zero playing time in the regular season.
He was active for seven games in 2013 where he registered 9 total tackles and a sack, following that up in 2014 where he was active for 16 games and had 19 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a force fumble.
He was a restricted free agent heading into the 2015 season and it appeared like a forgone conclusion that the team would at least tender Walker who was showing consistent improvement and also since the Saints needed depth at defensive tackle.
But the Saints never did that and he was allowed to hit free agency last year where the Detroit Lions gladly scooped him up for a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.
Unfortunately Walker suffered a broken leg almost a month into the regular season and was placed on injured reserve after only registering nine total tackles.
With the Saints still in need of depth at the position, Walker could not only be a good pickup but a fair priced one at that.
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